MALAYSIA: 3 THAI NATIONALS, MALAYSIAN TO HANG FOR FIREARMS, BULLETS POSSESSION
March 8, 2012: Three Thai nationals and a Malaysian man were sentenced to death by the High Court in Malaysia for possessing six firearms and 230 bullets in a hotel room five years ago.
¬†Thai siblings Songsil Udtoom, 42, and Jukkis Udtoom, 45, Malaysian Loo Yeong Guang, 35, and his Thai girlfriend Phailin¬†Noochang Phuek, 31, were found in possession of two Colt pistols, a Remington Rand pistol, a Sig Sauer pistol, a Glock pistol¬†and an AR15 assault rifle in Room No. 6104, Pyramid Tower Hotel, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, around 3.45am on Feb 4, 2007.
The four also committed a second offence when they had with them 230 bullets of various calibre at the same place.¬†
Police arrested them in the hotel room on the same day on suspicion of involvement in a robbery at a Poh Kong outlet at¬†Subang Parade which killed two security guards and an alleged robber on Feb 3 the day before.
Songsil, Jukkis, Loo and Phailin were first charged in the Petaling Jaya Magistrates Court on Feb 16, 2007, where they¬†indicated they understood the two charges. No plea was recorded.
First day of trial in the Shah Alam High Court was on May 20, 2008. The court found the Prosecution had proven a prima¬†facie against the four accused and they were ordered to enter their defence on Sept 21, 2011.
They were charged under Section 57(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960 which carries the death penalty upon conviction for¬†possessing firearms and bullets in a safe zone as established by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.¬†
The area where they were arrested¬†is a safe zone established as such back in May 15, 1969.
Judge Siti Khadijah S. Hassan Badjenid found that the Defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the Prosecution's case,¬†stating that the Prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. (Sources: www.nst.com, 8/2/2012)